Head Coach
Laura Baker

Eight years ago, Laura Baker left Kent, England to begin her collegiate field hockey playing career at VCU. On June 27, 2013, VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin handed Baker the reins to the program as its new head coach.

Baker became the eighth coach in the program's 33-year history after serving as the Associate Head Coach for the 2012 season, in which the Rams posted the second-most wins in school history with 13.

"Laura's passion for VCU as an alumna and her knowledge of the game were big factors in this decision," McLaughlin said. "We felt strongly that we needed continuity for this program so we could continue to build a championship product. Laura is a tireless recruiter and a talented teacher of the game."

Baker, who also spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as an assistant coach with the Rams, has helped guide the Black & Gold to a 34-22 mark over those three seasons including two trips to the conference tournament.

"I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to lead the VCU Field Hockey program. Having played at VCU, I have a lot of passion for this school and know there is a tremendous opportunity to build on the recent successes of the program," Baker said. "I'd like to thank Ed McLaughlin, Jon Palumbo and the hiring committee for giving me this fantastic opportunity to move this program forward."

In addition to her time with the Rams, Baker also spent the 2011 season as an assistant at La Salle University, where she helped guide the Explorers to the Atlantic 10 conference tournament. As the goalkeeper coach for La Salle, she oversaw the success of Lisa Shafer, who ranked among the nation's best in goals-against-average and was named First-Team All-Region by the NFHCA.

As a player, Baker was a four-year starter for the Black & Gold from 2005-2008. She ranks in the top-10 in program history in every goalie statistical category.

Assistant Coach
Lauren van de Kamp

As a player, Lauren van de Kamp was a star for nearby Longwood University. After one season on the sidelines, it seems van de Kamp is headed that direction as a coach as well.

In her first year as an assistant with the Rams, van de Kamp helped guide VCU to 13 wins, the second-most in school history. The 13-6 record last fall was the third-biggest turnaround in the country. VCU earned a berth into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, just the second conference tournament berth in the last 10 years for the Black & Gold.

van de Kamp is no stranger to Richmond. She starred at Trinity Episcopal School during her high school career, before going to excel with the field program at Longwood, graduating in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology.

The Midlothian, Va. native was a four-year standout on the turf for the Lancers. In 2010, she was named the NorPac Defensive Player of the Year to go along with three straight years of being named to the All-NorPac conference teams.

During her four-year career at Longwood, she played in 78 matches, earning the starting nod 70 times. She tallied 20 career goals and helped on 17 more for a total of 57 points. She also recorded three defensive saves over her four-year career.

Assistant Coach
Lindsay Burrows

Burrows enters his first season with the Black & Gold after joining Head Coach Laura Baker and third-year assistant Lauren van de Kamp to round out the Black & Gold sidelines this past spring.

He joins VCU after spending last year at Robert Morris, where he helped guide the Colonials to their best season in school history.

"We're excited to have Lindsay on the sidelines with us this fall. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, both from the playing and coaching perspective. We can't wait for him to work with our student-athletes and help us take VCU Field Hockey to the next level," Baker said.

Last year with RMU, Burrows was a part of 11 wins, a school-record that shattered the old mark of eight. The Colonials also reached the postseason for the first time, reaching the MAAC Championship game.

Prior to coming stateside with RMU, Burrows piled up both playing and coaching experience at locations all over the world.

After starting his career as a midfielder, Burrows made the transition to a defender where he spent the majority of his career. Out of the many honors bestowed to Burrows at various levels of play, he earned the Player's Player Award for the Australian Country team in 2008.

Burrows spent time in the United Kingdom as well as the Netherlands both as a player and as a coach. During his time in the Netherlands, Lindsay helped his club achieve two championships, one as a player and the other as a coach. With both championships coming in the same year, the season became one of the most successful in the club's history.

Prior to accepting the position at RMU, Burrows worked in sport development with the local government in Australia. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Sciences in 2004 from the University of Western Sydney.